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Senate Votes to Reopen Gov’t, Avoid Default

capitolWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.

The vote was 81-18 Wednesday night. The measure now heads to the House, which is expected to back the bill before day’s end.

Senate passage came several hours after Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the bipartisan compromise.

The bill would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or perhaps a month longer.

Congress faced a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. That’s when Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.

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  • Samuel

    Again we are disappointed with our government. We cannot borrow more money. According to the constitution the debt must be paid first, so no worries on defaulting. The worries are for the new monarchy of lawmakers who might not be able to increase their tax supported free ride in millionaire acres.
    They are crying about government shutdown and public sector job furloughs…how about the private sector like the rest of us?! We’ve been furloughed for months or years without jobs and pay! They didn’t bat an eyebrow or lift a finger to help their voters. Instead they rally into a propaganda puppet show when their lifestyle might be affected. Oh, wait, they still got paid…
    So we should be grateful that they are borrowing more foreign money to support themselves and illegal invasion? No thank you. They need to be fired and the next group needs to follow and be subject to all the laws that they pass. Lets amend the constitution to include that all lawmakers and staff must be subject to Obamacare without subsidies.